President Trump’s election confronted mainstream journalists with something they had never seen before: a male role model. But the damage eight years of Obama’s feminism has done to male minds may take decades to unwind. Unlike our European forefathers who struck fear in primitive people’s hearts, today’s frightened white twenty-somethings call themselves ‘gender-fluid hipsters’ or ‘third-wave feminists’. What they really lack is a pair of full-grown testicles.
Written for Adverb Writing Challenge http://www.christopherfielden.com/writing-challenges/adverb-writing-challenge.php
On May 1st, 1933, Martin Heidegger, the obscure German philosopher from Meßkirch, became a member of the Nazi Party. With his misstep, Heidegger tainted his philosophical legacy. Today, Heidegger’s thinking doesn’t wield much influence on academic German philosophy. Not only the German but also the international community blamed him for never offering explicit apologies for his support to the Nazi regime, despite the fact that his membership legitimized Hitler’s movement in the eyes of many young people.
No one should have to earn the right to be happy. No one ought to go to Kafkaesque lengths to achieve happiness either. Despite the unalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness granted by the U.S. Declaration of Independence, happiness probably isn’t something you’ll need to pursue at all as if the pursuit itself were a substitute for some mythical, yet unattainable ideal.
A civilization’s main export product is its constituents’ behavior, especially abroad. The West, judging by the millennial generation’s monomaniac party drive, scouring the world’s pristine island beaches and trashing them in raves of binge drinking and electronic music, suffers more than a PR problem, but an existential crisis.
We all worry about our financial inequality relative to our peers, but do we understand its causes? Since the Second World War, modern mass migration has relocated millions of skilled individuals. But migration does not necessarily distribute skilled people evenly across the globe. In fact, it achieves the opposite. By centralizing both the world’s most educable minds and its lowest cost laborers into the hands of Western globalists, multinational corporations have greatly benefited from globalism.
When a journalist for The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald, referred to Charles Manning as a ‘she’ on Twitter, I commented that Manning is technically still a ‘he’. It provoked Greenwald to classify myself as a sort of Untermensch, a being undeserving of participating in public debate,
“It takes a very warped sickness to want to interfere in and dictate other people’s gender identity. You should focus on that.”
In Western, East Asian and many other societies, we tell our children they need an education, because that’s the way to get ahead life, however arbitrary “getting head” (of what?) may be. This cultural instruction has led to an over-appreciation of academic intellect, i.e. the kind of intellect arrived at through rote learning. We’ve mistakenly equated knowledge with intelligence, cleverness with competence and intellect with informedness.
Until recently, I had never really understood the liberal/progressive narrative demanding the West to become more ‘diverse’. But when riots broke out in Los Angeles and New York in protest of Trump’s election, the missing insight presented itself. And it’s a deeply worrisome one.
“Fiery the Angels rose, and as they rose deep thunder roll’d Around their shores, indignant burning with the fires of Orc” — William Blake